Nothing Spruces Up a Political Commentary Like an Obscure Sub-Reference: Louisville, 1864
From the Louisville Courier-Journal, January 12, 1864
The country will be apt to conclude that the Secretary of War looks upon a promise very much as the painter in Timon of Athens. “To promise,” says that artist of easy virtue, “is most courtly and fashionable; performance is a kind of will or testament, which argues a great sickness in his judgment that makes it.” If this were true, we fancy the Secretary of War, and indeed the Administration in general, would rejoice in a judgment ridiculously healthful.
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